More and more people are choosing to go under-the-knife for larger butts, but plastic surgeons are warning of the procedure's many risks, including death.
According to a new report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Brazilian butt lifts have the highest rate of death amongst all other cosmetic procedures. More than 20,000 augmentations were performed in the last year alone, and its popularity has more than doubled in the past five years.
It's estimated by the board that 1 in 3,000 people who receive the procedure pass away due to complications, such as fat embolisms. The surgery involves taking fat from elsewhere in the body -- such as from the hips and thighs -- and injecting it back into the butt.
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Complications arise due to "many factors, including the technically challenging nature of the surgery and that the rise in interest has caused more non-board-certified and non-plastic surgeons to perform the operation," explained the ASPS in a press release.
Consequently, it's recommended that patients are vigilant about finding a board-certified doctor to minimize such risks. "With any cosmetic procedure, patients should seek out board-certified plastic surgeons who have the necessary training to perform these procedures," explained president of ASPS Dr. Jeffrey E. Janis.
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